Photo Diary: New Zealand

It’s almost three weeks that I am back in Europe (and still  adjusting…) and I must say I miss being on the road. So this weekend I’ll spoil you with some bits and pieces from my recent trip to New Zealand.

Travelling to New Zealand was on my bucket list ever since I was a young teen. I couldn’t stop dreaming about the rough and raw nature, untouched beaches and deep jungles. And let me say: I wasn’t disappointed! Having worked for more than 5 months in Thailand it was time for a holiday to rewind and recover from Chiang Mai’s busy and loud streets.

After a long and exhausting trip from Chiang Mai via Sinagpore it was time to say: Kia Ora New Zealand! First stop was Auckland, where I met my favourite travel buddy Danielle. After fueling up on some nice vegan food we were ready to hit the roads!

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Brekki at Scarecrow, Auckland

With our tiny car we were getting out of the city straight into the green scenery of The Hobbiton Movie Set. What a magical place! Next on were the Waitomo glow worm caves where we booked a wild water rafting tour. This was probably the highlight of the whole trip! Not to miss.

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Hobbiton Movie Set
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Arapuni Swing Bridge

Then we made our way to Rotorua and explored the geothermal active sites in the area including the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai-O-Tapu. Nature is just incredible!

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Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Devil’s Bath at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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The next stop while on our way to Wellington was in Taupo to see the Huka Falls.

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Huka Falls, Taupo
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Wellington
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Vegan Curry at Chow’s, Wellington

In Wellington we boarded the ferry to the South Island, grabbed a quick coffee in Picton and made our way to Abel Tasman. Unfortunately it was raining during our stay, but this wouldn’t hold us from hiking the coastal trail anyway.

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Abel Tasman National Park, coastal trail

Next on was a little pit stop near Nelson Lake. Then Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and do a little hike in the dense and moist rain forest.

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Kiwis crossing
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Nelson Lakes National Park

Next day we drove to Fox Glacier and had lunch break in Hokitika. Near the Fox Glacier Village Lake Matheson is located. Make sure to come early to shoot the perfect mirror reflection of the mountains in the water.

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Hokitika
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Lake Matheson at 7am

After that we had a very long drive to Tekapo. Then back  again to Mount Cook Village to hike on the Hooker Valley Track. The same day we drove to Wanaka, passed Cardrona and finally arrived at our last destination in Queenstown. What a nice little town!

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Lake Pukaki
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Tekapo
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Mount Cook
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Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track
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Wanaka
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Queenstown
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Queenstown

During our stay in Queenstown we booked a daytrip to Doubtful sound. Unfortunately we couldn’t spot any dolphins but we were lucky to see some cute seals.

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Doubtful Sound

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As you can see this place is truly paradise! If you ever have the chance to travel to New Zealand, do it! Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore both islands (and also plenty of cash). As I was only staying there for 18 days, time was pressing and we had to rush a lot. However I am totally satisfied with the trip and can’t wait to go back during summer time. The only downside was, that it was sometimes hard to find vegan options except for fries while being on the road. So peanut butter sandwiches and crackers with hummus it was!

Have you ever been to New Zealand? What was your favourite part of the trip? Let me know in the comments below.

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